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The Best Shows and Movies to Watch This Week: Bite Down on Korean Zombie Drama All of Us Are Dead

Plus, your favorite comedians solve a murder mystery in The Afterparty

Get bitten this weekend by the hot new zombie show on the block. All of Us Are Dead, premiering Friday on Netflix, is a South Korean thriller about a high school that goes viral, literally, when a zombie outbreak turns students into undead monsters. The apocalypse has never had cooler uniforms. This weekend also brings the premiere of Apple TV+'s comedian-stuffed murder mystery The Afterparty and a new Saturday Night Live hosted by Willem Dafoe. While you wait for Friday, check out HBO Max's The Fallout, a moving indie movie about two teen girls coping with the aftermath of a school shooting.

Our list of editors' picks for the week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2 is below, but if that's not enough and you're looking for even more hand-picked recommendations, sign up for our free, spam-free Watch This Now newsletter that delivers the best TV show picks straight to your inbox. You can also look at our massive collection of recommendations, as well as our list of suggestions of what to watch next based on shows you already like.


THE BEST MOVIE TO WATCH TONIGHT

Jenna Ortega and Maddie Ziegler, The Fallout

Jenna Ortega and Maddie Ziegler, The Fallout

HBO Max

The Fallout

Thursday, Jan. 27 on HBO Max
This is one of those indies that people who are super into film festivals have been talking about for months, and now the rest of us finally get to see it. It's about two high school girls — played by Jenna Ortega and Maddie Ziegler — who strike up a trauma bond after surviving a school shooting. The movie is more of an empathetic look at their responses to it than it is about the actual tragedy, which is a refreshing change of pace from movies like this, which typically try to turn their characters into inspiring symbols of resilience. The Fallout is more interested in exploring how these kids get through the day after witnessing something unthinkable. Shailene Woodley and Julie Bowen co-star. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]


THE BEST SHOWS AND MOVIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK

Sam Richardson, The Afterparty

Sam Richardson, The Afterparty

Apple TV+

The Afterparty

Series premiere Friday, Jan. 28 on Apple TV+
A celebrity (Dave Franco) hosts a high school reunion at his mansion because he wants to show off to all his old classmates, who all hate him. Then he turns up dead. So a detective (Tiffany Haddish) interviews all the party guests for their side if the story. It could have been any of them. It's a Rashomon murder mystery with a bunch of great comic actors, including Ben Schwartz, John Early, Sam Richardson, Ilana Glazer, Ike Barinholtz, and more. If you've ever wanted to play Clue with Jean-Ralphio from Parks and Recreation, this is as close as you'll get. The first three episodes drop Friday, with the remaining five rolling out every week after that. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

Yoon Chan-young, All of Us Are Dead

Yoon Chan-young, All of Us Are Dead

Yang Hae-sung/Netflix

All of Us Are Dead

Series premieres Friday, Jan. 28 on Netflix
Some of South Korea's biggest global hits have been stories about the undead (yes, we're talking about Train to Busan and Kingdom), and Netflix's All of Us Are Dead could easily become the next. The jolting thriller about a zombie virus outbreak at a high school follows students as they desperately fight against flesh-eating monsters — some of whom had been their human friends just minutes before. Starring Yoon Chan-young, Park Ji-hu, Park Solomon, Cho Yi-hyun, and Squid Game's Lee Yoo-mi, the series based on the webtoon Now at Our School is a fresh take on the zombie genre with its centering of teen characters and its setting that transforms ordinary classrooms into vicious battlegrounds. As the virus spreads beyond the walls of the school, the show's exploration of themes including the corruption of authority and the abuse of power also becomes increasingly apparent. -Kat Moon [Trailer]

Jonathan Van Ness, Getting Curious

Jonathan Van Ness, Getting Curious

Netflix

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

Series premiere Friday, Jan. 28 on Netflix
Since 2015, Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness has hosted a podcast called Getting Curious where he just talks to people and learns about stuff in his open-minded, open-hearted way. Now, that podcast has been turned into a TV show. In these six episodes, JVN learns about insects, skyscrapers, nonbinary gender identity, and more. It's a personality-driven docuseries in the vein of many other shows — Zac Efron's Down to Earth comes to mind — but Van Ness is a gracious host, and you'll enjoy learning about how processed foods are made. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

Colin Jost and Michael Che, Saturday Night Live

Colin Jost and Michael Che, Saturday Night Live

Will Heath/NBC

Saturday Night Live 

Saturday, Jan. 29 at 11:30/10:30c on NBC
Willem Dafoe is hosting SNL. I repeat, Willem Dafoe is hosting SNL. It's not often that beloved 66-year-old character actors get to host Saturday Night Live for the first time. Defoe's energy is so wild all the time, and he will surely be bringing the Green Goblin's off-kilter charisma to Studio 8H. And he has great taste, so even if he's in a bad sketch, he's going to make it interesting. And the musical guest is Katy Perry. What a remarkable pairing. I haven't been this excited for an SNL episode since Steve Buscemi hosted in 2011. -Liam Mathews

Betty White

Betty White

Getty Images

Celebrating Betty White: America's Golden Girl

Monday, Jan. 31 at 10/9c on NBC
Here is perhaps the most non-controversial statement of all time: Betty White was amazing. If you're still mourning the comedy legend after her death in 2021, you're definitely not alone, and NBC is here to prove that with this hour-long special in which a bunch of people who knew White will come together to discuss just how amazing she was. The special will look back at her life and career, and basically exists to remind us all that there will never be anyone quite like her. -Allison Picurro

Laila Lockhart, Gabby's Dollhouse

Laila Lockhart, Gabby's Dollhouse

Netflix

Gabby's Dollhouse

Season 4 available Tuesday, Feb. 1 on Netflix
Parents with young kids stuck at home: Relief arrives in the form of the adorable Gabby, a feline-loving girl with a boundless imagination and a magical dollhouse that transports her to another world. What I love about this show is that 1) it has a ton of cats — both real and animated — in it and 2) it has plenty of easy DIY crafts and walkthroughs in it to keep viewers actively occupied. Disclaimer: Gabby's Dollhouse is clearly aimed at girls who love cats, so your mileage may vary, but it worked wonders on my daughter. -Tim Surette

Brie Bella, The Real Dirty Dancing

Brie Bella, The Real Dirty Dancing

Antony Platt/FOX

The Real Dirty Dancing

Series premiere Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 9/8c on Fox
Is it summer already? No, but it will feel like summer on TV when this throwaway reality competition — the kind of show usually reserved for the months when networks air harebrained garbage — premieres. Moved up in the schedule to replace the drama Monarch, which was moved to the fall, The Real Dirty Dancing takes celebrities like Corbin Bleu, WWE vet Brie Bella, and Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough and pairs them up to reenact signature dance moves from the cult '80s film. It's shot on location at Virginia's Mountain Lake Lodge, where the movie was filmed, and yep, someone is gonna have to do the infamous lift. -Tim Surette

Lily James and Sebastian Stan, Pam & Tommy

Lily James and Sebastian Stan, Pam & Tommy

Erin Simkin/Hulu

Pam & Tommy

First three episodes premiere Wednesday, Feb. 2 on Hulu
One of the internet's first celebrity scandals gets dramatized — and exploited — in Hulu's Pam & Tommy, a new miniseries about the frenzied events surrounding the 1995 leak of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's sex tape. Lily James stars as Anderson alongside Sebastian Stan as Lee. They're both made up to look uncannily like the real thing, and James in particular gives a mesmerizing performance that's one of the only reasons we might recommend watching this show. The other reason, frankly, is just that you have to see this one to believe it. But don't go in expecting vindication for Pamela Anderson, who isn't involved with or supportive of the series. Don't go in expecting a consistent tone, either. As TV Guide's Allison Picurro puts it in her review, Pam & Tommy might give you whiplash: "The series vacillates in tone, trying all at once to be a crime thriller, a raunchy sex comedy, a critique of the media, and a reflection on a very famous woman's inner turmoil." Still, it's a spectacle. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

Julie Chen, Celebrity Big Brother

Julie Chen, Celebrity Big Brother

Monty Brinton/CBS

Celebrity Big Brother

Season 3 premieres Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 8/7c on CBS
For the first time in three years, Celebrity Big Brother is back to completely consume CBS's entire February lineup, which is perfect if you're not into the NFL or the Olympics or this year's new midseason shows. This IS your Super Bowl. From Feb. 2 to Feb. 23, you can watch C-list celebrities do Big Brother challenges four to five nights a week (head here for the listings), then presumably emerge changed, knowing things you can never unlearn. And that's culture. This season's houseguests include Todrick Hall, Teddi Mellencamp, Chris Kattan, Chris Kirkpatrick, Carson Kressley, and Lamar Odom. -Kelly Connolly


RECENTLY RELEASED

Alan Tudyk, Resident Alien

Alan Tudyk, Resident Alien

James Dittiger/SYFY

Resident Alien

Season 2 premiered Wednesday, Jan. 26 on Syfy
Time to whip up a t-shirt that says "Alan Tudyk was one of TV Guide's favorite performers of 2021 — find out why!" on the back. Tudyk stars in Syfy's underrated Resident Alien as the titular alien himself, an extraterrestrial in disguise as small-town doctor Harry Vanderspeigle, whose disgust with all things human makes for some of the best physical comedy on TV. But his quest to destroy the world is hitting a roadblock in Season 2 as he starts to warm up to (some of) the people around him. Horrifying! Guest stars this season include Linda Hamilton, Alex Borstein, and Nathan Fillion as the voice of an octopus. Watch this show already. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]